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I have already travelled to schengen area once on a single entry Schengen visa. I am now trying to apply for a schengen visa with the intention of making several short trips to the schengen area.

My plan is to go to France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Portugal in the next 6 months.

Which of the above embassies is most likely to provide a multiple entry visa? I can then tailor my plans and apply to that embassy to ensure I get a multiple-entry visa.

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    Out of multiple first hand experiences, I suggest going to the Greek embassy. I know it is not among the choices above but they do not ask for an itinerary in advance (at least where I live) and they always issue a multiple entry visa. – Nean Der Thal Apr 3 '14 at 13:14
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    Goto France and have a good deposit in your bank account. One of my friends had around £8k in his bank account and France issued him a year long Schengen visa, with multiple entries. – DumbCoder Apr 3 '14 at 17:03
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    The accepted answer below is out of date. It is unwise to treat it as correct. – Gayot Fow Jun 8 '16 at 13:52
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    Italy is the easiest. Germans are the strictest. – greatone Jun 27 '17 at 12:28
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May be you will be interested in this data. It's old by still shows dynamic how easy is getting visa C in the Schengen countries. Portugal and Netherlands looks like the best choises. enter image description here

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Data from here: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/visa-policy/docs/overview_of_schengen_visa_statistics_en.pdf

Here is also file with statistic of 2010. You may see data of issued visas by you nationality. Make your own research to choose right country.

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    I've compiled the following statistics by multiplying the multiple entry visa rate by the non-refusal rate to get the list of "optimal" Schengen embassies. It looks like Slovenia is your best bet. – JonathanReez Apr 3 '14 at 11:24
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    +1 for fascinating raw data, but the averages should be taken with a grain of salt. For example, Belgium's high rejection rate is almost entirely explained by the fact that its two busy embassies in its former colonies the Congos reject almost 50% of visa applications, whereas eg. the consulate in Mumbai only rejects 2%. – jpatokal Apr 3 '14 at 22:36
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    +1 for going beyond anecdotes. Still, interpretation is obviously contingent upon the refusal rate and on the type of application they get. Given their policy in other related areas (asylum, visas for family members, etc.) and their generally fastidious bureaucracy, I find it difficult to believe that the Netherlands is really a good place to apply. The last link might be particularly useful to try to sort this out. – Relaxed Apr 4 '14 at 5:32
  • NOTE: this answer is out-of-date. It should be updated to assure that the site provides current information. – Gayot Fow Jun 8 '16 at 13:51
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    @GayotFow what's the up-to-date answer? – JonathanReez Jun 9 '16 at 12:41
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The current answers are a bit outdated, so I took the latest Schengen visa statistics and compiled the following chart:

+-------------------+---------+-------+-------+-------+
| Country/% of MEVs | Average | 2016  | 2015  | 2014  |
+-------------------+---------+-------+-------+-------+
| Finland           | 89,3%   | 85,4% | 90,5% | 91,8% |
| Netherlands       | 82,1%   | 85,0% | 82,9% | 78,4% |
| Luxembourg        | 82,0%   | 84,7% | 84,1% | 77,2% |
| Slovenia          | 79,5%   | 45,7% | 99,5% | 93,4% |
| Estonia           | 78,3%   | 83,2% | 78,4% | 73,4% |
| Poland            | 71,2%   | 74,8% | 72,5% | 66,4% |
| Italy             | 71,1%   | 71,5% | 67,2% | 74,7% |
| Slovakia          | 69,0%   | 69,6% | 64,7% | 72,6% |
| Lithuania         | 65,0%   | 79,1% | 67,7% | 48,4% |
| Latvia            | 60,9%   | 71,3% | 59,5% | 52,0% |
| Austria           | 60,8%   | 56,7% | 58,8% | 66,9% |
| Greece            | 59,0%   | 75,6% | 56,5% | 44,9% |
| Portugal          | 55,4%   | 53,8% | 55,8% | 56,6% |
| Belgium           | 46,5%   | 45,6% | 45,9% | 48,0% |
| Hungary           | 45,7%   | 51,9% | 45,7% | 39,6% |
| Germany           | 44,8%   | 82,6% | 27,8% | 23,9% |
| Denmark           | 44,3%   | 44,8% | 45,3% | 42,8% |
| Switzerland       | 41,7%   | 43,2% | 40,9% | 40,8% |
| Sweden            | 32,7%   | 29,2% | 34,7% | 34,1% |
| Malta             | 32,5%   | 36,8% | 23,5% | 37,1% |
| France            | 32,4%   | 33,8% | 32,4% | 31,2% |
| Czech Republic    | 30,5%   | 35,1% | 32,2% | 24,2% |
| Spain             | 30,1%   | 34,7% | 29,8% | 25,6% |
| Norway            | 28,3%   | 26,7% | 24,6% | 33,5% |
| Iceland           | 14,0%   | 12,0% | 18,3% | 11,8% |
+-------------------+---------+-------+-------+-------+

Apply for the countries at the top and you will be very likely to receive a multi-entry visa, at least on your second attempt.

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    That's a wrong answer. The 1st place on the list is Finland, but Finland complies to Schengen rules and always issues single-entry visas to travellers without a specific right to claim multiple-entry visas, except in their consulates in the North-Western Federal District of Russia, where they issue 'shopping' MEVs without even requiring any supporting documentation. As a consequence, the SPb consulate issues at least twice as much Schengen visas than any other Schengen country's consular post in the world. – ach Jul 3 '17 at 16:14
  • @ach that is true, but I certainly wouldn't apply for a French visa if I was hoping to get a multi-entry one for example – JonathanReez Aug 20 '18 at 7:04
  • Actually, France and Spain are widely believed to be the most probable places to get 'really ME' visas in Moscow consular areas. – ach Aug 20 '18 at 7:09

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